University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications
 
  USER PANEL:
  ABOUT THE COLLECTION:
  CONTACT DETAILS:

Engaging the Audience: A Comparative Analysis of Developmental Strategies in Birmingham and Leicester since the 1990s

Cochrane, Claire (2012) Engaging the Audience: A Comparative Analysis of Developmental Strategies in Birmingham and Leicester since the 1990s. In: Critical Essays on British South Asian Theatre. Exeter University Press, Exeter, pp. 100-118. ISBN 9780859898355

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

It is an obvious statement that live theatre cannot take place without an audience. This applies to all theatre but for professional building-based theatre so much depends on the willingness of the community to engage with the artistic product. Without this the theatre as a building dedicated to performance quite simply cannot survive and neither can the working professionals engaged in all aspects of the creative process. There is a particular problematic associated with regional producing theatre where often there is only one representative, producing venue which has to serve the very diverse urban community. Notoriously as the 2001 Eclipse Conference demonstrated, most mainstream producing theatres are largely ‘white’-run at senior management level but have nevertheless attempted to produce work which will attract audiences from Black British and British Asian communities. The result in experience which stretches back over some two decades has often been a refusal by these communities to engage with the ‘white’ space. Success has been achieved only when ‘audience development’ strategies have been based on the slow building up of trust and the promise of reciprocity in the visioning of an appropriate creative product. This essay will compare the strategies developed by Birmingham Rep and the Leicester Haymarket since the late 1990s to engage with local South Asian communities and examine the reasons for success and failure.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information:

The electronic full-text cannot be supplied for this item. Please check availability with your local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Claire Cochrane
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 10:23
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2012 10:23
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/2097

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
 
     
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.